(apud Henry Beard & Christopher Cerf. 1993. The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook. New York: Villard Books)

Carbocentrism:

The belief by carbon-based life-forms that theirs is the best or the only possible basis for the development of intelligent, sentient beings.

Centrocentrism:

The assumption that positions and opinions echoing the moderate, „middle-of-the-road” viewpoint held by a statistical plurality of any population are somehow superior to those espoused by minority factions; and the accompanying tendency of the dominant culture media to marginalize such factions by characterizing their ideas as „far out,” „radical,” or „extreme.”

Cerebrally challenged:

Stupid.

Charm-free:

Boring.

Chemically inconvenienced:

Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Chronologically gifted:

Old.

Client of the correctional system:

A prisoner.

Colorblindness:

The ability, claimed by some liberals, to fail to notice – or, at least, ignore – the pigmentation of people’s skins.

Colordeafness:

The lack of talent, studied or real, for recognizing the difference between the speech patterns and modes of pronunciation of African-Americans and European-Americans.

Companion:

A gender-inclusive, nonheterosexist substitute for „boyfriend,” ”girlfriend,” ”wife,” ”husband,” or „spouse.” But because it is also a nonspeciesist substitute for „pet” or „animal friend,” extreme care should be taken before using it.

Condition:

A sensitive and positive substitute for such melodramatic, and ultimately demeaning, phrases as „affliction,” ”malady,” and disease.”

Example: The Four Horse Oppressors of the Apocalypse were Nutritional Deprivation, State of Belligerency, Widepread Transmittable Condition, and Terminal Inconvenience.

Consensual nonmonogamy:

Swapping sex partners.

Coself:

Gender-neutral replacement for „herself” and „himself”.

Cosmetically different:

Ugly.

Credentialism:

Discriminating against a person by forcing her or him to provide evidence of ability, prior experience, knowledge, training, or the like, before being employed, admitted to an institution of learning, etc.

Cruelty-free products:

Products that do not contain animal ingredients and are not tested on animals.

Culturally sensitive:

Politically correct.

Custody suite:

A more positive, less judgmental, term for what was onnce known as a „prison cell.”

 

 

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